Posts Tagged ‘October 2015’

The 15th Annual Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade returned to Long Beach this past Saturday afternoon. Now located at Marina Vista Park at the end of Marine Stadium, this special Halloween precursor event invited pet-owners to doll up their dog(s) and bring them to stroll in the parade of dogs. Over 500 dogs got registered to participate in this poochy parade, along with all of the humans that also wanted to dress up for the parade.Completely free to attend for all ages, this festival at the park featured a handful of pet-related vendors and miscellaneous activities, such as a dachshund race. The actual parade would not begin until 2:30pm.

Following up from last year’s parade, this paw march returned to Marina Vista Park, a step away from taking place on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, causing street closures for the duration of the parade. It appears that with every year, this parade draws more and more people to come watch. This year, I clearly witnessed more spectators crowding the sidelines, and this year’s parade ended within 45 minutes, whereas previous years’ parades would last over an hour. Has the novelty worn off, or have people decided not to pay the price of showing off their creativity? Either way, this move did not daunt the parade, which still contained hundreds of dogs for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

As featured on the Kevin & Bean Show a few years ago, the Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade brings a unique spin on the classic Fall Parade that many towns across the country host. Around this time every year, local towns host some sort of Fall festival, either to celebrate the changing seasons or to celebrate some other purpose. Some of these festivals even come with a parade. While Long Beach may not have a festival like that, other independent events like this one contribute to the diversity of the city. Mark your calendars next year for the Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade, which normally occurs on the last weekend or second to last weekend of October.

Last week on Hollow’s Eve, The Good Beer Company celebrated their 1st anniversary at their tasting room in Downtown Santa Ana. This small brewery has put in a great amount of effort into getting the ball rolling to get their name out as one of the main breweries of Orange County. With one year completed in the industry, the Good Beer Company has ensured that they will remain in the Orange County craft beer scene for a long time. For their anniversary celebration last week, they kept things low-key with the activities in their tasting room. The anniversary simply involved the Good Beer Company releasing a handful of anniversary beers, most of which involved tart beverages. Guests could enjoy the brews right in the tasting room or take bottles to-go. Other than that, the Good Beer Company maintained a steady flow of guests the entire night.

While the Good Beer Company does not have as great a geographical reach as many of the other Orange County breweries, they certainly will not escape the minds of the locals who love craft beer. The Good Beer Company makes appearances at many of the local beer tasting events, so expect to find them sampling their brews there. In the meantime, like their page on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for future updates from this small yet aspiring microbrewery.

The cult hit adult cartoon show Robot Chicken aired for the first time on television over ten years ago, and some talented locals celebrated this milestone with a 10th Anniversary Art Show this past Saturday. Taking place at iam8bit Productions in Echo Park, this free art exhibit displayed paintings, sculptures, figurines, and more. Throughout the night, a projector screen at the back showed a marathon of Robot Chicken episodes. Guests could even purchase some of the art works to take home. Aside from all that, not much else took place – most people could see everything within 15 minutes. Still, for fans of the Robot Chicken series, they would have had tons of “fanboy” moments at this art exhibit. iam8bit has events like this all the time, so like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for further updates on events taking place here.

The 16th Annual Los Angeles Dia De Los Muertos Festival wrapped up this past Saturday at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. At this all-ages festival, thousands of visitors explored the cemetery grounds to observe all of the altars, costumes, and live entertainment throughout. All around the cemetery grounds, visitors would find altars, statues, and other art structures along the paths, all set up to pay tribute to the fallen. Many visitors also embraced the part by dressing up or applying appropriate face painting. Multiple forms of live entertainment took place to keep visitors occupied, such as live music, dancing, models, arts & crafts, and more.

To see more from the festival, see photos from previous years, and find information about upcoming events, check out the Hollywood Forever Facebook and Twitter pages.

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners united this past Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach at the SoCal Corgi Nation’s Fall 2015 SoCal Corgi Beach Day. At this free and all-ages event, thousands of passionate Corgi owners gathered for a fun & fur-filled day on the sandy dunes of the Huntington Beach Dog Beach. Over 600 Corgis appeared to play, mingle, and enjoy this special day for them. Activities primarily included an Instagram photo meet-up and a limbo contest. Other than that, the day consisted of mingling, chatting, and playing with all the cute pups.

Looking forward to the next Corgi Beach Day? Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 5th as they move to Belmont Shore in Long Beach. In the meantime, check out some of the photos from this past Saturday at the Fall 2015 SoCal Corgi Beach Day.

A special art gallery called AnARTchy: The Art of Punk just had its opening night this past Friday night at the Rainwater Gallery in Huntington Beach. This art gallery that will last for four weeks features punk-themed art work from prominent artists from across the world. Free to attend, visitors can come in to gaze upon the art and potentially purchase any to take home. For the duration of the art gallery’s showing, sporadic events will take place with special guests from the punk rock industry, such as Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L., Old Man Markley, and D.H. Peligro of Dead Kennedys. While the gallery and its events cost nothing to attend, they accept donations, and the special guest appearances may require a reservation, which you can make via the gallery’s Facebook page linked above.

Left Coast Brewing – Tap Takeover @ The Factory Gastrobar
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/438397969677256/

San Clemente’s Left Coast Brewing will take over the taps at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach this Wednesday evening. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one.

Epik Vibes – Halloween Punk Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 28
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/909723659101894/

Rock out to some local punk bands for FREE this Wednesday night in Riverside. No one under 21 may enter.

11th Annual Chef Showdown
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 29
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.ccssd.org/event/chefshowdown2015/

Admission to this glorious food event costs $250 and allows you to witness ten of San Diego’s finest chefs complete in five different food competitions.

Escape From Cursed Forest
October 29 – November 1
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://realescapegame.com/ecf/

Real Escape Game returns to Southern California this week with Escape From Cursed Forest. Use your brains and wits to solve the mystery of the forest and escape its clutches. Each game lasts about 90 minutes, with sessions taking place throughout the day Thursday through Sunday. Registration cost $27, and participants should form teams of six.

Metalocalypse NOW
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 29
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/846958952068440/

Creator and star of Metalocalypse Brendan Small will make a special guest appearance at Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra this Thursday night for autographs, photos, and a meet & greet. Grill ‘Em All will also have a special Metalocalypse burger exclusively on this day.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2015
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 30
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 31
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 1
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://comikazeexpo.com/

One of the west coast’s largest multimedia pop culture expos returns to Downtown LA this weekend. Whether you like comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or anything else in the pop culture realm, anyone will surely find something to enjoy at the expo this weekend. A cosplay contest will take place on Saturday at 6pm, but you have to register on the website to participate! Passes to Comikaze cost $30 for single days, or $70 for the entire weekend.

Good Beer Company’s 1st Year Anniversary
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 30
Good Beer Company, Santa Ana
http://thegoodbeerco.com/

Good Beer Company turns a year old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a light celebration at their tasting room in Santa Ana this Friday night. Free to attend, Good Beer Company will have some new beers on tap, as well as some new bottles to take home.

25th Annual SOS Celebrity Chef Dinner & Auction
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, October 30
Hyatt Regency, Huntington Beach
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

Enjoy a five-course dinner with wine pairings this Friday night in Huntington Beach. Attending this luxurious dinner costs $275 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Howl-oween Festival
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, October 30
El Dorado Nature Center, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/887034381374667/

Enjoy a family-friendly Halloween festival at the park in Long Beach this Friday night. Admission costs $5, and visitors will find live animals, music, food, arts & crafts, and more Halloween fun.

Octoberflame VII
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 30-31
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://tigerarmy.com/

Tiger Army will headline these two all-ages sold-out shows this weekend at The Observatory in Santa Ana. While tickets sold out months ago, you may still find some after-market tickets around.

Curse Of The Tiki 2
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, October 30
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/132467397107759/

Enjoy a variety show this Friday night at Don The Beachcomber in Sunset Beach. Visitors will find freak show acts, punk rock music, costume contests, magic acts, burlesque dancers, and more. Admission to this event costs $20. No one under 21 may attend.

Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, October 30-31
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
Friday: http://www.alexsbar.com/event/940489-jello-biafra-guantanamo-long-beach/
Saturday: http://www.alexsbar.com/event/940495-jello-biafra-guantanamo-long-beach/

The legendary Jello Biafra will headline two shows at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach this weekend. Tickets to these shows cost $20 presale or $22 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Voodoo Glow Skulls 1st Annual “Halloween Monster Mash”
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 30
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/954674441278144/

Skacore band Voodoo Glow Skulls will headline a Halloween’s Eve show this Friday night in Riverside. Tickets for this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Halloween
October 31

Happy Candy Day! Have fun, and stay safe on this night.

D.R.I. SoCal Takeover
October 31 – November 1
Los Angeles, Long Beach
http://www.dirtyrottenimbeciles.com/

Punk band D.R.I. completes their Southern California tour this week, with a show in Los Angeles and Long Beach. Check the website for a full list of shows.

X1039’s Blind Date Beerfest
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 31
Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside
http://www.x1039.com/

Contrary to the event name, the “Blind Date” refers to the mystery bands that will perform at this beer tasting event in Riverside this Saturday afternoon. General admission to this event costs $45 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 11am, and includes a front-of-line pass for beers plus an exclusive musical performance in the VIP hour. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Orange County Halal Food Fest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 31
Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove
http://www.isocmasjid.org/

Free to attend for all ages, this food festival in Garden Grove will have lots of Halal food around. Visitors will also find live entertainment, vendors, children’s entertainment, and more.

15th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 31
Marina Vista Park, Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html

Expect to see over 500 costumed dogs at this annual parade through Belmont Shore, as featured on the Kevin & Bean Show! Kids and adults may also enter a costume contest to win cash prizes. Presale entries cost $10 per dog, with prices rising on the day of the event.

Timeless Pints Halloween Party
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 31
Timeless Pints Brewing, Lakewood
http://www.facebook.com/events/599206523550461/

Timeless Pints will join in on the Halloween festivities that many other businesses will throw on Halloween this year. Over at Timeless Pints in Lakewood, they will have a basket full of things to do, such as try their new pumpkin porter, show off costumes, listen to live music, snack from the food truck, toss candy around, and more.

Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 31
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/trick-or-treat/

Trick or Treat with the family in Belmont Shore for free! Local businesses will participate by handing out samples and candy during the evening.

Doll Hut Halloween Bash
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1115925071755861/

Enjoy a FREE local punk rock show with a costume contest this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Dia De Los Muertos 2015
November 1

Honor the deceased on this traditional day of remembrance. Many businesses will have specials and special activities on this day, so check with your local businesses to learn more.

5th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
November 1-8
Lake Forest
http://www.lakeforestbusiness.com/148/Shop-Dine

Explore the local businesses of Lake Forest during this eight-day period. Various restaurants and shops will have specials this week, which will culminate with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, November 8th.

1st Annual SoCal VegFest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 1
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
http://socalvegfest.org/

Free to attend for all ages, this food fair takes place this Sunday afternoon in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find food samples, live music, cooking demos, children’s entertainment, live yoga demos, vendors, and other services.

Beachwood Blendery Bottle Release
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 1
Beachwood Blendery, Downtown Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Say hello to one of the first blenderies, the sister of microbreweries, to open in the greater Los Angeles area. Beachwood Blendery will release their first bottles to the public starting this Sunday from their location in Downtown Long Beach. Stop on by and check out the next big craze in the craft beer industry.

Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque: Dia De Los Muertos Extravaganza
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 1
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

The lovely ladies of the Dirty Little Secrets will put on a special Dia De Los Muertos tribute burlesque show this Sunday evening in Downtown Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The 8th Annual Old Town Tustin Art Walk returned to the streets of Old Town Tustin this past Saturday afternoon. During this free and all-ages event, dozens of local artists and vendors lined the sidewalks throughout Old Town Tustin to exhibit their work and sell their goods. Throughout the event space, a few local bands performed live music, while a small wine bar/garden took place in a parking lot. Aspiring photographers could participate in a photography contest, while children could participate in arts & crafts demos at the Tustin Library. While the art walk last for a solid portion of the day, casual visitors could see everything in a matter of minutes. However, art enthusiasts definitely would have had a great time at this event. It comes back every year around the third weekend of October, so many sure you bookmark this event for next year!

The Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest returned to 2nd Street this past Saturday for its 12th year running. Every year at this art contest, hundreds of professional and amateur artists, local and from across the world, converge here to create art, sell their existing work, get known, and potentially take home cash prizes. Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.) sets up various spots throughout 2nd Street for participants to showcase their work using chalk as their medium and the sidewalk as their canvas. The contest costs nothing to attend – just an artist’s willingness to create something marvelous. Aspiring artists get an outlet to show off their skills, while thousands of passersby get to admire art, and may even buy an art piece to take home. The organizers awarded over $1,000 in cash prizes to artists with tremendous works. To see additional works of art and see the winners, check out their Facebook page.

The annual Orange County International Auto Show returned to the Anaheim Convention Center this past weekend. This all-ages car show basically represented a huge trade fair, with most of the major automobile manufacturers all present to not only showcase all the current and new models, but to garner some sales from the thousands of attendees. Admission only cost $12 and granted attendees full access to the entire floor to scout out all the cars, trucks, exotics, parts, accessories, and more. Besides all the cars on display, attendees could test-drive some of the cars too.

The OC Auto Show returns every year to the Anaheim Convention Center around the third week of October. Bookmark it for next year, as this event makes for a great way to spend a few hours of your weekend with friends and family. Give them a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter to show your love of cars.